Tapestry Author:Belva Plain Once again, Belva Plain weaves her storytelling magic in her involving new novel, Tapestry. Here she carries into th tumultuous 1920s and '30s the saga of the Werner family, whom we met earlier in Evergreen and The Golden Cup, and masterfully blends the inner and outer worlds of her characters to make their lives our own. — Paul Werner, scion of ... more »a banking family, is married to one woman and in love with another. At the novel's start, he must face the most painful loss imaginable: the stillborn birth of his child and the resulting barren state of his gentle patrician wife, Marian. Paul loves and respects her, but now his desire for the forbidden Anna burns white-hot. As he wrestles with his own private demons, family and business affairs take over his life. His aunt Hennie's husband is jailed for his ideas of social reform; his young cousin Meg falls in love with a man whispered to have underworld connections; and Paul's business interests take him to Europe. There, as he senses the troubles to come, he meets two people who will play important roles in his life: his cousin Joacim, blind to the impending horror, and a beautiful woman doctor, Ilse Hirschfeld. But Paul is a man divided: publicly he is sure and decisive, risking his life to help German Jews flee their country; privately he chases a fantasy, a woman who might have been.
Tapestry pulls together many threads to form a magnificent tableau. We see Dan and Hennie Roth, still true to their ideals and to each other. We follow the love of young Meg for the dangerous bootlegger Donal Powers. We glimpse Anna, the peasant girl whose heart, beauty, and soul have remained intact even as she climbs the ladder of material reward. We discover Ilse, desperate to save her son from the Nazis. And we come to know Leah, whose love for Paul opens for him the possibility of a full life beyond Anna.
Belva Plain's warmth, sensitivity, and narrative skill are abundantly evident in Tapestry. This is a novel for her millions of readers to relish, cherish and remember.« less